1852


LONDON BRIGHTON AND SOUTH 

COAST RAILWAY

CIRCULAR

1852


The director ar in principle opposed to combination of any description for the purpose of interring with the natural course of trade. They think that masters and men should be left in every establishment to settle their own terms, and arrange their own differences without foreign interference or dictation. 

Railway accidents on the 


L.B.S.C.R.


from http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk


East Croydon 11th February 1852 

no mention of Enginemen 

SEE SUB PAGE


Reigate Goods Station on 1st November 

1852 no mention of Enginemen 

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PUNCH MAGAZINE 

OCTOBER 1852

Punch Magazine articles and cartoons often made jokes about the dangers of rail travel. ‘The Railway Nursery Rhymer’, Punch, 9 October, 1852, told children of the horror of a real railway journey. In it, Punch takes four nursery rhymes and gives them a train theme. Ride a Cock-Horse and Little Bo-Peep looks at the danger of slow trains. Hush-a-by Baby explores the 3rd class experience and the potential for an accident when faster trains pass slower ones. Dickory, Dickory, Dock is about a train crash.

The Pleasures of the Rail-Road (1831) shows the perceived danger of early railway travel

Ride a Cock-Horse

Fly by steam-force the country across,
Faster than jockey outside a race-horse:
With time-bills mismanaged, fast trains after slow,
You shall have danger wherever you go

Little Bo-Peep

Little Bo-peep
Is fast asleep,
In th’Excursion train you’ll find him:
Oh! It’s ten to one
If he ever gets home –
For a “Special” is close behind him!

Hush-a-by Baby
Rock away, passenger, in the third class,
When your train shunts a faster will pass;
When your trains’ late your chances are small –
Crushed will be carriages, engine, and all

Dickory, Dickory, Dock

Smashery, mashery, crash!
Into the “Goods” we dash:
The “Express,” we find,
Is just behind-
Smashery, mashery, crash!

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